But first: Louisiana floods destroy home of Christian leader who says God sends natural disasters to punish gay people. And think about it: If God is looking to punish people, would it be for loving each other? Really?


Have you already read Richard Cross’s Baltimore Sun op-ed?

. . .I have always been GOP to the core.. . . In fact, I personally drafted the speech of the “Benghazi mom,” Patricia Smith. In that speech, I concluded with the following line: “If Hillary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency?” As a political speechwriter, that was something of a home run moment for me. The New Yorker called the speech “the weaponization of grief.”

But weeks after the end of the 2016 GOP convention, I am confronted by an inconvenient fact: Despite what I wrote in that nationally televised speech about Hillary Clinton, I may yet have to vote for her because of the epic deficiencies of my own party’s nominee.

. . .I could never vote for Donald Trump.

So instead I am confronted by two painful choices: Vote for the most divisive political figure in the past 25 years or throw away my vote on a kooky Libertarian ticket.

. . . Fear sometimes wins you elections, but it doesn’t create jobs, build schools, reduce crime or improve the quality of life for all citizens. Great political leaders help us transcend our fears.

Still, the prospect of voting for Hillary Clinton is uncomfortable to me, as if Dr. Van Helsing were compelled to vote for Dracula.

But the only prospect more terrifying than voting for Hillary Clinton is not voting for her.

The reality of American politics today is, she is the only choice.

Jim Burt: “If Trump wants to compare his physical and mental stamina to that of Hillary Clinton, he could start by spending 11 hours undergoing hostile interrogation without losing his cool.  Mrs. Clinton did that with the Benghazi committee.  What has Trump done that can compare?”

Paul Lerman: “Did you see MSNBC’s coverage of the ‘duck’ sent to Trump Tower for ducking release of his tax returns? Apparently they couldn’t stop him from going up and down the now-infamous escalator repeatedly, the lobby has to allow public access.  And an excellent video medley of Trump’s nonsense in alphabetical order. Worth watching!”




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